SpaceX Mars LanderDecember 16, 2014 – 03:46 pm

SpaceX Mars Lander

June 30, 2014 – Over the weekend NASA test flew its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) near the Hawaiian Islands. It is NASA’s solution for landing heavier payloads on the surface of Mars and the test produced “nominal” results. Nominal is NASA jargon for “as expected.” The LDSD plucked from the Pacific appears in the image below. Referred to as NASA’s flying saucer, the LDSD is an inflatable balloon-like heat shield ring that deploys as a…

Colonization of Mars articleApril 4, 2013 – 09:31 am

Colonization of Mars article

Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp addresses the Million Martian Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 3, 2013 to discuss plans for a Mars colony mission in 2023. Credit: Lewis Wanted: Mars colonists Lansdorp has. He explained that the water the crews will carry to Mars will serve as shielding against deadly solar particles and cosmic rays. And once on the Red Planet, the habitat s roof will have some two meters of Martian soil for protection. You ll…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon spacecraftMarch 11, 2013 – 08:53 am

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon spacecraft

(CNN) — SpaceX on Tuesday launched a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed cargo spacecraft called Dragon on a flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station. SpaceX was unable to guide the bottom stage of the Falcon rocket upright onto a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean, though. On Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said: “Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.” Ascent successful. Dragon enroute…

SpaceX Launch site in TexasJanuary 23, 2014 – 11:54 am

SpaceX Launch site in Texas

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured just prior to being released by the International Space Station s Canadarm2 robotic arm on May 31 to allow it to head toward a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA SpaceX will build the world s first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas. The state of Texas added $15.3 million in incentives to the geographic value of a location east of Brownsville that will allow…

SpaceX Mars Travel PostersOctober 6, 2011 – 07:14 am

SpaceX Mars Travel Posters

It s no secret that Elon Musk and SpaceX want to eventually set up a Mars colony. A couple Mars travel posters aren t going to convince some nonbelievers to go there, but maybe some sweet new art will serve as a sign to the diehards that the Red Planet is still the goal. On Friday, SpaceX released three vintage-looking travel posters for some of Mars s more exotic locales. Let s take a quick look at them: All images: SpaceX As the poster suggests…

SpaceX Mars OneJune 17, 2015 – 01:06 pm

SpaceX Mars One

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the firm s manned Dragon V2 spacecraft during an unveiling event at the company s headquarters in Hawthorne, California on May 29, 2014. Credit: Rod Pyle/Space.com In an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit Monday evening (Jan. 5), Musk told readers that the details of his Mars Colonial Transporter would be unveiled by the end of the year, and that the plan would be different from the Dragon capsules and Falcon 9 rockets…

SpaceX crs-7 LandingFebruary 11, 2015 – 08:27 am

SpaceX crs-7 Landing

SpaceX s latest attempt was close, but ended in a crash landing at sea. Lucky for us, there s video! Elon Musk s private rocket company, SpaceX, is attempting to revolutionize space travel (and how much it costs) by landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back on the Earth safely. From space. Upright. Onto a floating ocean barge. This way, the rocket can then be refueled and used again right away. At least that s how it s supposed to work…

SpaceX Launch March 1STJuly 13, 2014 – 04:01 pm

SpaceX Launch March 1ST

Photo Credit: Jared Haworth / SpaceFlight Insider CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — California-based Space Exploration Technologies, more commonly known as “SpaceX”, has opted to push back the launch date for the flight of the Eutelsat 115 (Satmex 7) and ABS 3A satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40). The mission, originally scheduled to take place on February 28, is now slated to occur no-earlier-than March 1 at 10:49…

SpaceX Thaicom 6 VideoApril 6, 2015 – 08:01 am

SpaceX Thaicom 6 Video

Updated at 9:45 a.m. EDT PARIS — A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 6 successfully placed the Thaicom 6 commercial telecommunications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit in the vehicle’s second fully commercial mission in a month, SpaceX said. SpaceX waited many minutes after the scheduled separation into orbit of Thaicom 6 before announcing, on its Twitter feed, that Thaicom had been released into the…

SpaceX successfully launches SatelliteDecember 14, 2011 – 05:21 pm

SpaceX successfully launches Satellite

A SpaceX upgraded Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch the SES-8 communications satellite into orbt from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during a Nov. 28, 2013 launch attempt, which was ultimately aborted due to a technical glitc (SpaceX) The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a critical commercial satellite mission from Florida Tuesday after two delays due to technical glitches. An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched…